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Karnataka: Right-wing activists play Hanuman Chalisa at 5 am to ‘counter’ azaan, detained

According to the police, the incidents were reported in places including Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya, Belgaum, Dharwad and Kalaburagi.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 9, 2022 11:33:10 am
Earlier, Sri Ram Sena had announced that they will play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers.(ANI)

A day after Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik called to play the Hanuman Chalisa and other devotional hymns early in the morning to “counter” the azaan, in several places the police detained Sene activists who played it at 5 am on Monday, officers said.

According to the police, the incidents were reported in places including Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya, Belgaum, Dharwad and Kalaburagi.

Muthalik, who was in Mysuru, played the Hanuman Chalisa and other devotional hymns at a temple. “It is not a symbolic protest or just for a day. This will continue till the government initiates action against loudspeakers installed at mosques,” he said.

“We have launched the campaign against the state government and members of the Muslim community who are not following the Supreme Court order. In future, we will file a contempt case against all deputy commissioners for failing to implement the Supreme Court’s order,” Muthalik told media persons.

Along the lines of a similar call by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, Muthalik had on Sunday exhorted Sene activists to play Hanuman Chalisa and Suprabhata hymn from loudspeakers across temples in Karnataka from Monday if the BJP-led state government failed to act against loudspeakers installed in mosques.

Muthalik claimed several right-wing organisations have extended support to Sri Rama Sene. According to him, the organisation has contacted more than 1,000 temples across the state already.

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